Sacramento County will pay $25M over crash

Antelope Valley Press (Sunday) - - News -

SACRAMENTO (AP) — Sacramento County will pay more than $25 mil­lion to the fam­ily of a 12-yearold girl who was left with brain dam­age af­ter her fam­ily car was struck by a sher­iff’s pa­trol car ve­hi­cle.

The set­tle­ment this week is the largest for a civil law­suit in county his­tory, the Sacramento Bee re­ported Thurs­day.

Ju­lian Awad, then age 10, was in a car driven by her fa­ther on July 14, 2017, in the un­in­cor­po­rated Ar­den-Ar­cade area when it was struck by a sher­iff’s sport util­ity ve­hi­cle.

The car was mak­ing a left turn when it was hit by the speed­ing pa­trol ve­hi­cle, which was an­swer­ing a re­port of a fight in progress.

The sher­iff’s SUV wasn’t us­ing its emer­gency lights or siren when the col­li­sion oc­curred in a three-way in­ter­sec­tion, at­tor­neys for the fam­ily told the Bee.

A Cal­i­for­nia High­way Pa­trol re­port con­firmed that the sher­iff’s SUV caused the ac­ci­dent by speed­ing, the Bee said.

Ju­lian, her fa­ther, mother and two sib­lings were all in­jured. The deputy in the SUV suf­fered cuts.

The girl re­ceived mas­sive head in­juries and will likely re­quire roundthe-clock care for the rest of her life, at­tor­ney Ja­son Sigel told the Bee.

The neg­li­gence law­suit named the county and Sher­iff’s Of­fice and the deputy who drove the SUV.

The county con­firmed that a set­tle­ment had been reached but rep­re­sen­ta­tives with the Sher­iff’s Of­fice didn’t im­me­di­ately re­spond to re­quests for com­ment, the Bee said.

Ear­lier this year, the Sher­iff’s Of­fice set­tled a $7 mil­lion wrong­ful death law­suit over the 2016 death of Chad Ir­win, who was shot and killed by deputies in Citrus Heights af­ter he walked to­wards them hold­ing a knife.

The neg­li­gence law­suit said au­thor­i­ties knew in ad­vance that he had been drink­ing, was de­pressed and had ex­pressed sui­ci­dal thoughts.

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